Can I sell my unused heating oil?

Can I sell my unused heating oil?

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Can I sell my unused heating oil?

I recently coverted my home heating system from radiators to HVAC. There’s still a 100 gallon tank of heating oil in the basement that is about 75% full. Is there anything I can do with this oil? Can I sell it? Give it away? There’s probably $200 worth of oil in there, so it doesn’t feel right that I’d have to pay someone to take it.

What is your new fuel source for the HVAC system?
You mean you converted to natural gas/propane?, or a heat pump?

Sell the oil to a neighbor, that has oil heat. Just be careful filling the container, as that stuff stinks when it’s spilled.

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4 Responses to “Can I sell my unused heating oil?”

  1. Do it right Says:

    What is your new fuel source for the HVAC system?
    You mean you converted to natural gas/propane?, or a heat pump?

    Sell the oil to a neighbor, that has oil heat. Just be careful filling the container, as that stuff stinks when it’s spilled.

  2. Breath on the wind Says:

    You might get a fuel oil company to come and "pump out" the tank, but I don’t think you are going to get rich on the deal. They will not want to pay a retail price but something closer to their cost less the cost of picking it up. They will naturally be concerned that this "used" fuel oil is contaminated with sludge from the bottem of the tank.

    In my neighborhood, by law, any tank that is not being used has to be either removed (from a basement) or abandoned by filling it with sand (in ground outside.) This should have been done by your HVAC contractor. This is to prevent eventual rust out and leakage of the fuel oil into the ground where it is considered a hazardous waste. (contaminates ground water: A friend had oil in the ground by the fill of his oil tank. EPA required the entire area be dug up and retested the cost of over $50,000 was not covered by insurance.) I would guess this applies nationally in the USA. Additionally, I am sure your local fire department would not like you to be storing 75 gallons of flammable liquid in the basement. Lastly, you might be voiding your fire insurance by the same storage.

    So there are a lot of reasons to get rid of it and giving it away might be a very cheap alternative.

  3. LoRo Says:

    maybe you should look into regulated means of transporting the oil. there may be restrictions on transporting the oil without the proper tank. the company you purchased it from can fill you in on the details

  4. southarkansas Says:

    ask around sell it at half price no harm done

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